Purpose of this Session
We live in an age where the mental pressures and cares of life can weigh upon our hearts and minds. This prayer allows us to come to God and commit our cares to Him.
Of this kind of prayer Mary Alice Isleib says in ‘Effective Fervent Prayer’ (p63):
“God has made a way for us in the midst of problems, stress, pressure, and great intensity to live practically in the peace and joy of the Holy Spirit. That way is through the Prayer of Casting Our Cares on the Lord.”
God’s desire is that His children live a life of faith; a life of love, joy, peace and power in the Holy Ghost. (Romans 14:17).
Jesus warned that the cares of life can choke the effectiveness of the Word of God in our life:
“Then the cares and anxieties of the world and distractions of the age, and the pleasure and delight and false glamour and deceitfulness of riches, and the craving and passionate desire for other things creep in and choke and suffocate the Word, and it becomes fruitless.” (Mark 4:19 AMP)
We live in an age where the mental pressures and cares of life can weigh upon our hearts and minds. This prayer allows us to come to God and commit our cares to Him. We can cast our cares upon the Lord:
“Therefore humble yourselves [demote, lower yourselves in your own estimation] under the mighty hand of God, that in due time He may exalt you, Casting the whole of your care [all your anxieties, all your worries, all your concerns, once and for all] on Him, for He cares for you affectionately and cares about you watchfully.” (1 Pet 5:6-7 AMP)
We are encouraged to bring all things to God in prayer:
“Do not fret or have any anxiety about anything, but in every circumstance and in everything, by prayer and petition (definite requests), with thanksgiving, continue to make your wants known to God.” (Phil 4:6 AMP)
Proverbs tells us:
“Roll your works upon the Lord [commit and trust them wholly to Him; He will cause your thoughts to become agreeable to His will, and] so shall your plans be established and succeed.”
(Proverbs 16:3 AMP)
As our thoughts are established in God’s Word, and as our perspective is brought in line with His, the promise of scripture is clear:
“And God’s peace [shall be yours, that tranquil state of a soul assured of its salvation through Christ, and so fearing nothing from God and being content with its earthly lot of whatever sort that is, that peace] which transcends all understanding shall garrison and mount guard over your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.” (Phil 4:7 AMP)
“You will guard him and keep him in perfect and constant peace whose mind [both its inclination and its character] is stayed on You, because he commits himself to You, leans on You, and hopes confidently in You.” (Is 26:3 AMP)
The prayer of commitment makes this possible. Through it He lifts us from under our circumstances and places us ‘above only and not beneath’ (Deut 28:13). It also helps us to confirm and conform our thought life so it is lined up with the thoughts of God. One moment we can be terrified and under pressure, but after obedience to God’s direction to pray the prayer of commitment, our perspective can change so radically that the giant who stood before us now appears as a mere grasshopper, bread for our eating! (Numbers 14:9)
i. The prayer of praise and worship Luke 24:52-53; Acts 13:1-4
ii. Soaking/waiting on God (practising His presence) Matt 11:28-30; Ps 27:14
iii. Prayer in the Spirit (praying in tongues) 1 Cor 14:14-15
These kinds of prayer are also used in other ways, and their purposes are manifold. In the lessons that follow, however, we will consider them in the context of deepening and developing intimacy with God.